NATIONAL WALKOUT & MARCH FOR OUR LIVES: THE YOUTH WILL CHANGE GUN LAWS

One day after Donald Trump fires Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, there was a national walkout held by students around the U.S. The national walkout was in response to another deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida where 17 innocent lives were taken, and the school resource officer hid because he was afraid to engage with the shooter. Recap: Gov. Rick Scott broke with the NRA by signing the most aggressive gun law. This law raises the age to 21 to purchase a gun and extends the waiting period to three days. Although Gov. Rick Scott is not very popular, this gun law is the first step in creating and passing guns laws that protect students and we the people. Sidebar: the NRA is now suing Florida over the gun law stating that the law violates the constitutional rights of Americans when it does not. The 2ND amendment has been wrongly used for too long and the NRA is responsible for the gun violence plaguing our nation. 19 years after Columbine, there were opportunities for Congress to prevent the escalation of gun violence in our nation and they failed. Politics have gotten in the way of passing laws that would have prevented gun violence from taking the lives of innocent people. It’s unfortunate America is a nation where living life is becoming difficult.

“Sidebar: the NRA is now suing Florida over the gun law stating that the law violates the constitutional rights of Americans when it does not. The 2ND amendment has been wrongly used for too long and the NRA is responsible for the gun violence that is plaguing our nation.”

In my county-Gwinnett, local officials who voted for Trump denied students their First Amendment right to Walk Out in protest of the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida due to “safety” reasons. Sidebar: constitutional rights is another argument the GOP no longer have when local officials of Gwinnett County denied students their First Amendment rights and the GOP constantly violate the rights of people. The local officials who denied students their right to protest and threatened students with suspension is a disgrace, these local elected officials continue to be part of the larger problem with the gun violence in our nation and they are the ones who should not be elected or appointed to any position meant to represent the people.

Our nation is in a sad state where parents, students, and guardians must worry about their safety in an environment that is meant for learning, engaging and creating lifelong friendships. Moreover, when the NRA sues a state for a law that is a step in the right direction to curbing gun violence we must realize we failed and it’s past time the gun issue is solved once and for all.

“Sidebar: constitutional rights are another argument the GOP no longer have when local officials of Gwinnett County denied students their First Amendment rights and the GOP constantly violates rights of people.”

March for Our Lives:

Saturday, March 24th, hundreds and thousands of students will be Marching across the U.S. for their lives. The March for Our Lives is a wrecking to begin the long overdue end of the senseless gun violence in America. The loss of innocent lives can be prevented with the right elected officials in office who are ready to pass sensible gun laws. Sidebar: many of these elected officials have been in office since Columbine in 1999, it’s these same elected officials who are part of the problem in failing to pass gun laws which would have prevented the gun violence from becoming widespread. March for Our Lives is a movement created by the generation who will be future leaders of this nation, and this is an issue that will not be ongoing for future generations. Sidebar: the unfortunate factor of the Parkland, Florida shooting, the National Walkout and the March For Our Lives demonstration is Donald Trump not saying anything.

“Wherever you are on Saturday, March 24th, attend the March For Our Lives demonstration. Parents, students, teachers, administrators and school resource officers, should not have to worry about if they will be safe at school.”

Being a leader requires voicing concern, standing with those who have been victims of gun violence and is ready to solve the problem. Donald Trump has not addressed the issue and does not have a plan to take the first step in solving this issue. Sidebar: not only is it disturbing for Donald Trump to not have addressed this issue, it’s disturbing that he is only focusing on bump stocks which will do nothing about gun violence. Banning bump stocks will not prevent another school shooting, nightclub shooting, concert shooting or movie theatre shooting. Although Donald Trump is almost out of the presidency, his response along with Speaker Paul Ryan who stated the same tired line “let’s not be quick to take people guns” is why this march is important. Enough is enough, the loss of innocent lives from a preventable issue will end and the NRA has to go.

Both the National Walkout and March For Our Lives is the first step in the youth changing the gun violence issue in America. With the youth, we are more energized, focused and politically aware of the terrible policies affecting our nation and the failure of elected officials to pass sensible gun laws. This movement is born out of frustration, the long overdue of passing gun laws, and the NRA is the cause of the problem. Why will the youth change gun violence? My answer is, they do not want to be afraid of attending school, they do not want to be afraid of not knowing if there is going to be an act of gun violence, they do not want their parents to be afraid of them going to school and not returning home. The youth are fed up with the ineffective elected officials who are not passing gun laws that protect them, and they are fed up with the NRA who is responsible for the loss of many innocent lives.

Wherever you are on Saturday, March 24th, attend the March For Our Lives demonstration. Parents, students, teachers, administrators and school resource officers, should not have to worry about if they will be safe at school.

Sources:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/09/us/florida-governor-gun-limits.html

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/3/10/17103874/florida-shooting-nra-gun-control-age

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2018/03/09/nra-sues-bondi-over-scott-approved-gun-bill-310015

 


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